Dive Deep

Who likes to go swimming? What is your favorite thing to do when you swim? Allow children to answer (if no one says it, comment about how fun it is to jump or dive in the water). I love swimming on a hot day, because when the cool water is all around me it makes me feel so much better!

Don’t you wish you could go do this right now?!? Show Cool Pool Video: Swimmers in Slow Motion on YouTube. Doesn’t that look like fun? Diving deep into that cool water! We’ve talked before about the way Jesus used stories to help people understand his message. Well today’s story will help us understand how much God and Jesus love us. Read John 15:9-14 from Ralph Milton’s Lectionary Story Bible Year B. This version is necessary for the lesson to make sense because it compares God’s love to cool water.

Why do you think I showed you this video earlier? Begin playing the video again (either mute or turn down the sound so you can continue talking). How does this video relate to the story I just read? Allow children to answer. As you watch the video again, imagine that you are jumping into that water…like you are jumping into God’s love. And it is all around you. When you jump into a pool of water and then climb out do you leave all the water behind in the pool? Or does some of it come with you? It comes with you right? You are covered in it. It changes you by making you wet. God’s love is like that. Once you jump in the pool of God’s love you are changed. The water of God’s love drips off you so that you can share it with others. Just like Mary encouraged Peter to share God’s love with someone he didn’t like very much. This summer, every time you go swimming I want you to remember that God’s love surrounds you, just like the water in the pool. All you have to do is dive in!

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Every Wednesday I share a lesson based on the lectionary. These lessons are meant to be used for a children’s moment (aka children’s sermon, children’s liturgy, children’s church, etc), sunday school, or even as a family devotion in your own home.

I have taken the lesson above and written it into a lesson plan format. I have also added a Respond and Extend section to the downloadable lesson. These are additional ideas for the children to respond to the main lesson and then an extension activity for them to do at a later time. The extension activity includes a handout to send home with directions.

All of this can be yours for less than a dollar!! Just click the Add to Cart button to download your copy today! Payments can be made with Paypal, Google Checkout, or you can enter your credit card as a Paypal guest (no account required). Once you have made your purchase an email will be sent to you with download directions.
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Sheep and Shepherds

Do you have an animal in your home? What kinds of animals do you or most of your friends have? Allow children to answer. Does anyone have any sheep at home? Well during Jesus time many people had sheep.

Jesus liked to tell stories to teach people lessons. So since most people he knew had sheep he used a story about sheep to help them learn something important. Let’s read to find out what he told them. Read John 10:11-18 from Ralph Milton’s Lectionary Story Bible Year B. I want you to really remember the story Jesus is telling so I’m going to read it again, and you are going to help me act it out. Choose someone to be Jesus and a few children to be sheep. I’m going to read the scripture again and I want you to act out what you hear. Re-read the scripture pausing to give directions as needed (stop before the wolf comes). Choose someone to be the wolf. You could use another child, or it might be fun to randomly call on an adult for the congregation. Continue reading through the shepherd chasing away the wolf. Now choose someone to look after the sheep that is not the shepherd (have the shepherd sit down). Again you could choose a child or randomly call on someone from the congregation to take that role. Continue reading through the caretaker running away and the wolf catching a sheep. Have the wolf and the caretaker sit down and bring back the shepherd. Continue reading. Pause when the shepherd knows the sheep by name and ask the child/shepherd to call the names of the people pretending to be sheep. As you continue reading pause to give directions for the children to act out as needed. Once you have finished the scripture have your helpers sit back down.

That was really fun to act out the scripture wasn’t it?! What did we learn about shepherds? Allow children to answer. Jesus used this story to explain about his love for us. What did the scripture teach us about Jesus? Allow children to answer. That’s right! Jesus is always there watching over us, he knows our name, Jesus would do anything for us…because he loves us so much! How lucky we are to have a shepherd like that in our lives!

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Every Wednesday I share a lesson based on the lectionary. These lessons are meant to be used for a children’s moment (aka children’s sermon, children’s liturgy, children’s church, etc), sunday school, or even as a family devotion in your own home.

I have taken the lesson above and written it into a lesson plan format. I have also added a Respond and Extend section to the downloadable lesson. These are additional ideas for the children to respond to the main lesson and then an extension activity for them to do at a later time. The extension activity includes a handout to send home with directions.

All of this can be yours for less than a dollar!! Just click the Add to Cart button to download your copy today! Payments can be made with Paypal, Google Checkout, or you can enter your credit card as a Paypal guest (no account required). Once you have made your purchase an email will be sent to you with download directions.
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Please note: all images and PDF files are my creation. You may use them in your home and with your church family. Please give credit to ChildhoodSpirituality.com. You may not sell these items in part or in full, or in any way claim them as your own. Thank you!

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Seeing is Believing

Did you know I can lift up _____________ (a child’s name) using just a plastic bag? Seriously! I can! …Don’t believe me? Do you need me to prove it? Place plastic bag so the top third is hanging off the side of a table (be sure the bag has no holes). Put a heavy book on top of the bag and then have a child sit on the book. Hold the top of the bag to create a neck like a balloon and blow into it. The child will be lifted up by the air blown into the bag. Now do you believe me?

Our scripture story today is about a man named Thomas. Thomas had trouble believing things he couldn’t see. Let’s read to find out more about Thomas’ story. Read John 14:1-7 and John 20:19-29 from Ralph Milton’s Lectionary Story Bible Year B. Thomas asked lots of questions. Do any of you ever ask lots of questions at home or at school or even at church? There is nothing wrong with questions! Some people got frustrated with all of Thomas’ questions (I bet that has happened to some of you too), but not Jesus! He didn’t mind Thomas’ questions at all.

After Jesus died Thomas’ friends told him that Jesus was alive again, but Thomas had trouble believing it. He needed to see to believe. Today we know many stories about the love of Jesus. But we don’t get to see to believe. We have to believe without seeing. Remember when I lifted up __________? What was it that lifted him/her up? Allow children to answer that it was air that lifted the child up. Can you see the air? But you know it’s there, right? How do you know? Allow children to answer (they feel it, they can see it blow things, etc) And the air is strong! It was strong enough to lift up a person! You can’t see the air, but you can see how the air affects everything around it! We can’t see Jesus, but we can see how the love of Jesus is always around us. It affects everyone and everything!

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Every Wednesday I share a lesson based on the lectionary. These lessons are meant to be used for a children’s moment (aka children’s sermon, children’s liturgy, children’s church, etc), sunday school, or even as a family devotion in your own home.

I have taken the lesson above and written it into a lesson plan format. I have also added a Respond and Extend section to the downloadable lesson. These are additional ideas for the children to respond to the main lesson and then an extension activity for them to do at a later time. The extension activity includes a handout to send home with directions.

All of this can be yours for less than a dollar!! Just click the Add to Cart button to download your copy today! Payments can be made with Paypal, Google Checkout, or you can enter your credit card as a Paypal guest (no account required). Once you have made your purchase an email will be sent to you with download directions.
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Please note: all images and PDF files are my creation. You may use them in your home and with your church family. Please give credit to ChildhoodSpirituality.com. You may not sell these items in part or in full, or in any way claim them as your own. Thank you!

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We See Jesus

Every living thing has a beginning, a time to be alive, and an ending, or death. During our lifetime our bodies are busy doing work. Dying is a part of life for every living thing. (excerpt from When Dinosaurs Die by Marc and Laurie Brown)” Many of us have had someone that we knew and loved that has died. Maybe a friend, a family member, or even a pet. When someone special dies, it can be a very hard and sad time.

Our scripture story today is about a woman named Mary of Magdala. Mary was a special friend of Jesus (his mother was also named Mary, but the Mary in today’s story is a different Mary). This story takes place just after Jesus died. Just like many of us, Mary felt very sad when someone so special to her died. Let’s read to find out what happened. Read John 20:1-18 from Ralph Milton’s Lectionary Story Bible Year A.

Light the re-lighting candle and hold it up. During Jesus’ lifetime his body was busy doing work. He used his life to help others and to love all people. He shined light into the world. But some people didn’t like Jesus’ message and they tried to blow out his light by ending his life. Blow out the candle and watch it light up again. But Jesus was special, his light could not be put out. His body is gone, but his light is still with us. It shines in me, it shines in you, and you, and you, and you. Just like Mary Magdala, WE SEE JESUS. We see Jesus when we see people loving one another. We see Jesus when we see people feeding the hungry, We see Jesus when we see people helping those in need. We see Jesus in your smiles and your hugs. This is just a candle, I can put it out by dipping it in water (put out candle in a cup of water). But Jesus light can never be put out. It shines always through us. As you leave here today let Jesus’ light shine brightly in you so that all you meet can say…WE SEE JESUS!

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Every Wednesday I share a lesson based on the lectionary. These lessons are meant to be used for a children’s moment (aka children’s sermon, children’s liturgy, children’s church, etc), sunday school, or even as a family devotion in your own home.

I have taken the lesson above and written it into a lesson plan format. I have also added a Respond and Extend section to the downloadable lesson. These are additional ideas for the children to respond to the main lesson and then an extension activity for them to do at a later time. The extension activity includes a handout to send home with directions.

All of this can be yours for less than a dollar!! Just click the Add to Cart button to download your copy today! Payments can be made with Paypal, Google Checkout, or you can enter your credit card as a Paypal guest (no account required). Once you have made your purchase an email will be sent to you with download directions.
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Cost: $0.99

Please note: all images and PDF files are my creation. You may use them in your home and with your church family. Please give credit to ChildhoodSpirituality.com. You may not sell these items in part or in full, or in any way claim them as your own. Thank you!

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